If you’re drawing a blank on last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas,
don’t forget the famous moms who have graced commemorative coins that
are available for purchased from the U.S. Mint, coin dealers, or eBay
if you're in a bind. (Though to get any of them for Mom this late in
the game might require express shipping.)
In the second
post of our Mother’s Day series (our first post featured Sacagawea), let's learn
about the wife of one of our most beloved presidents:
The second wife of President Theodore Roosevelt raised
his first wife’s child as her own and modernized the White House as a
home and U.S. symbol.
Her coin: Roosevelt is one
of five women honored with a 2013 First Spouse one-half ounce gold bullion
coin from the U.S. Mint. Her portrait is featured on the obverse,
while the reverse includes the White House (a building renovated
during her time as first lady) and a compass.
story: Edith Carow became Edith Roosevelt in 1886 when she married
Theodore, then a rancher and author according to FirstLadies.org. At the time,
Theodore had one daughter, Alice, from his previous marriage. "It
was Edith Roosevelt who insisted that she raise [Alice] as her own
daughter,” FirstLadies.org’s biography reads.
Theodore had five children of their own — four sons and one daughter.
She also dealt with at least two miscarriages.
to staying out of policy matters as first lady, Edith Roosevelt is
most known as being the spouse who updated the White House. She
adapted the building so that it better accommodated a large family.
Her change also led to the creation of the West Wing executive staff
offices in 1902.
"Having had an interest in the
White House ... Edith Roosevelt did not view the mansion as merely the
home of her family but the representation of the nation,”
FirstLadies.org notes. "Edith Roosevelt worked with her husband
in guiding the symbolic look of the public state rooms, matching the
new status of the United States on the world stage as a leading
How to buy: A Roosevelt First Spouse
coin can be purchased on the U.S. Mint’s website. The Proof version (pictured above) is offered at
$840 and the Uncirculated version is priced at $820. So it’s
certainly a Mother’s Day gift for someone with plenty of love for
their mom. (Or someone who for whatever reason might need to show it.)
Up next in Coin World's Mother's Day series: Daw Aung San